Paul Nuttall aide offers resignation after false Hillsborough claim admission

UKIP leader Nuttall thinks blatant spike in post Brexit hate crime is ‘fabricated

The Mayor of Liverpool has called on Paul Nuttall to resign as UKIP leader after admitting past about the Hillsborough disaster were false.

However, families of some of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster have voiced their anger at the false claim that he lost close personal friends.

"Today I was made aware of an article on my website which claimed I had lost people close to me at Hillsborough".

Responding, the politician said he was "hurt, angry and disgusted" over the claims - which reported that a childhood friend and a former teacher could not recall Mr Nuttall ever mentioning he had attended the game or been present during the disaster.

He said: "I haven't put that out, that is wrong".

Mr Nuttall was 12 at the time of the disaster.

"Please try back soon", a statement on the Ukip leader's website said.

"It was people who I knew through football".

"I am frankly mortified at the distress this issue has caused Paul and may have caused to anyone involved with the Hillsborough tragedy". I can't see his Twitter feed these days because he blocked me for tweeting this photo at him, but I'm told that he's stopped tweeting.

And it's not just the Ukip leader who has landed himself in trouble during the bitter campaign.

Mr Nuttall said he had been forced to move out of the house due to threats to his personal safety.

Ben Howlett, the Tory MP for Bath, described the admission as "sickening", while Karl Turner, Labour MP for Hull East, branded it "shocking".

"If Nuttall was [at Hillsborough] then it is extremely disappointing that during many years of pain and anguish for the families, he never once used his position nationally and internationally to stand up for people from his own community and join the fight for justice", he said.

The MEP is also under investigation by police following reports of an allegation of election fraud, after it emerged that the house declared as his home address on his nomination papers for the by-election was unoccupied.

A spokesman for the hustings event organised by Stoke-on-Trent's City Centre Partnership business group said Mr Nuttall had been told that Mr Nuttall had been unable to appear because "essential party meetings" were taking place ahead of a Ukip conference today. After the Merseyside club stated that he had been a member of its youth side, but never a professional, Mr Nuttall blamed his website's statement on a Ukip press officer.

(Fans of stand-up comic Stewart Lee will know the latter as Paul Nuttalls of the UKIPS).

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